2010 will see a new series take to the tracks of the UK.
The Pro1000 Race Series will feature 16 new Caparo T1000 cars and, it was announced today, will be run by Triple Eight Race Engineering.
Ian Harrison's Triple Eight squad, who are best known for preparing the cars for the Vauxhall works team in the British Touring Car Championship, were selected from the eight tenders to run the series received by Global Sports Development (GSD).
“We selected [Triple Eight] based on their undoubted engineering expertise and their ability to provide the series with promotional excellence,” said GSD Managing Director Nigel Rees.
The T1000 car the series will use will share its basic components, chassis and suspension with the Caparo T1 supercar, with T1000 specific parts, such as the electronics and bodywork designed to cope with the strain of racing while providing an entertaining racing spectacle.
Entertainment seems to be high on the list of priorities for the new series, and not just with the racing. Part of Triple Eight's winning bid was their marketing plan. Running along side the racing season will be 13 hour long TV documentaries following Triple Eight and the series, while during race weekends fans will be given access to get up close to the race cars. “The potential for the series to wow the paying public…is immense,” said Rees
A ten round calendar, from April, throughout the UK is planned for the Pro1000 Race Series, which is aimed at drivers from single seater formula, supported by the BARC. However, the exact calendar, as well as what other racing series will join the Pro100 series is yet unknown.
The remainder of the tests of both car and drivers for the series continues under Triple Eight's watch, with Caparo a number of modified T1 cars while the finishing touches are put to the T1000 that will take the green flag next Spring in what Triple Eight boss Harrison a “series which promises the drivers and fans alike a spectacle unique to the motorsport world.”
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